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Business License Information System – The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development offers this informative site as a tool to help you learn about permits and licenses that your business may need. (commerce.maryland.gov)

Chamber of Commerce - More than 600 businesses, organizations and individuals form the membership of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, a diverse organization of businesses of all sizes and types. Members join forces to provide leadership to promote the free enterprise economy of St. Mary’s County through business development, education and good business practice. (www.smcchamber.com)

College of Southern Maryland – The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is an expanding regional college committed to affordable tuition, workforce development and cultural enrichment. An open-door, public institution, CSM helps individuals attain their educational goals at locations in La Plata, Leonardtown, Lexington Park, Prince Frederick and Waldorf. (www.csmd.edu)

The Corporate Center – The Corporate Center at the College of Southern Maryland offers comprehensive training, supervisory and leadership development, and consulting for organizations seeking to increase employee productivity and organizational efficiency. In addition, the Corporate Center provides entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies the support services necessary to achieve business and management success. (www.corporatecenter.csmd.edu)

Internal Revenue Service - If you need help finding federal tax information tailored for your business needs, the links on this page provide important information for all small businesses and self-employed individuals. Get information for starting, maintaining and closing a business, business taxes, recordkeeping and help for your day-to-day business activities, directly from the IRS.

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development - The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) works to stimulate private investment and create jobs; attract new businesses to the State; encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies; and provide Maryland businesses with workforce training and financial assistance. DBED also publicizes Maryland’s economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development, international trade and tourism.

Maryland Technology Development Corporation - The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) is a specialized technology transfer arm of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). TEDCO connects emerging technology companies with federal laboratories, research universities, business incubators, and specialized technical assistance. (https://www.tedcomd.com/)

Navair Small Business Office - The Naval Air Systems Command, Small Business Program is a dynamic advocacy office that provides training, advice, guidance and innovative strategies ensuring quality solutions for Navy and Marine Corps acquisition teams to maximize opportunities for small business, including service-disabled veteran-owned small business, historically underutilized business zone (HUB Zone) small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns.(www.navair.navy.mil/osbp/)

Patuxent Partnership - The Patuxent Partnership is a private not-for-profit consortium with national reach. The Partnership is engaged in marketing the region’s technology capabilities, fostering business collaborations, developing the workforce, transferring technology and developing academic partnerships. (www.paxpartnership.org)

Small Business Development Center - In response to the changing needs of entrepreneurs in St. Mary’s County, the Small Business Development Center offers no-cost counseling five days a week. SBDC counselors can help existing business owners and those interested in starting businesses create business plans, find sources of capital, develop marketing and promotional objectives, and learn basic accounting, technology, and managerial skills. (www.sbdchelp.com)

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center - The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) serves as the regional graduate education higher education institution. In partnership with nine universities and colleges, SMHEC offers over 60 academic programs in engineering, education, nursing, management, social work, and counseling. Four meeting rooms that hold 50 to 500 individuals are available for training and conference programs, and other formal gatherings. (www.smhec.org)

Southern Maryland Navy Alliance - The Southern Maryland Navy Alliance is a multipurpose private membership organization governed by an elected Board of Directors. Our mission is to support the Naval facilities at Patuxent River and St. Inigoes as an economic asset and resource to the Southern Maryland region. (www.paxpartnership.org)

St. Mary’s College of Maryland - St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) is a public honors college for the liberal arts. SMCM provides professional development certificate programs in acquisition management and cost estimating. Through a pilot program with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the local contracting community can enroll in DAU courses. The Project Management Certificate Program is also available, offering in-depth instruction in management practices. (www.smcm.edu)